Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chatting with an Expert - Our First Skype Session!

Today, Room 222 had the opportunity to travel to Shark Bay in Australia via Skype in the classroom.

We were lucky enough to spend some time with Dr. Derek Burkholder from Sharks 4 Kids. 

We spend almost 45 minutes with Dr. Burkholder. This was pretty amazing because it was 3 am in Australia! He spend yesterday catching and tagging 8 sharks and then got up in the middle of the night to tell us all about it. We are so lucky.

He answered our questions and showed us a presentation and videos.

We were able to track a few of the sharks that he had tagged. You can track them too by clicking here.

He even let us take a few photos of him at the end.

After we said "goodbye" to Dr. Burkholder, we spent a few minutes quietly reflecting and then we got to work! We couldn't let all of this amazing new knowledge just sit in our brains. We had to act on it!

Some kids went straight to the ipads and started drawing their new learning.

A few kids grabbed shark books and began reading together. 

Many kids grabbed a computer and logged on to Pebble Go to do a bit more research.

Several kids began writing immediately!

The shark is frustrated. 
Several of us blogged.

Check out these blog posts about today:

Finally, a few of us took a moment and stepped into the reflection area to record our thoughts on the moment.
(passworded because these are Room 222's personal thoughts)

We just can't wait for our next Skype session!


  1. This is so cool!! It looks like everyone had fun and really learned a lot!

  2. Wow, you were able to Skype and learn about sharks all in the same day?!?! Such lucky kiddos!!

  3. What a great experience. I love hearing your questions and thoughts.
    Mrs. Burnett